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When one suit meets another

Published May 30, 2018 by francesothomas

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Here is another book in the Resorts series. The idea of wearing a foam hot dog suit cracks me up. Buy it now for 99 cents on Amazon.

 

Blurb:

Finding love at the amusement park can be quite a ride.
Becky Perkins has lost her job, her lease, and her car. As a result, she moves back in with her parents and takes the only job she can find: a seasonal position at the local amusement park as a sign spinner. Unfortunately, it includes wearing a foam hot dog suit.
When she crashes into fellow park employee Hudson Lowell, on her first day, suddenly the job doesn’t seem so bad.
Actuary Hudson Lowell feels the weight of the world on his shoulders with this assignment. The Gainesville Amusement Park has been struggling for years. It’s his responsibility to advise the owners as to the viability of the park. Going into the deal, the solution seems pretty simple—until he meets Becky.
The more time Becky and Hudson spend together, the more their feelings grow, making it harder and harder for Hudson to be objective about his decision. If the park closes, it will impact the whole town and directly hurt Becky. And how can he hurt the woman he has fallen for?

Also part of the Destined for Love: Resorts collection:
–Matched by Design by Lindzee Armstrong
–Keep Me At Christmas by Lucinda Whitney
–The Trust of a Billionaire by Michelle Pennington
–Marrying an Athlete by Anne-Marie Meyer
–Second Chance in Paradise by Jennifer Peel
–Her Big Fat Dreamy Billionaire Ex by Victorine E. Lieske
–Kings Crossed Lovers by Donna K. Weaver

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Billionaires, anyone?

Published May 29, 2018 by francesothomas

 

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Pretty dreamy cover, isn’t it?

I have only recently become aware of Victorine Lieske (thank you, Carol Ervin). She is one of four successful clean romance writers who have started a Facebook group and a podcast called “The Writing Gals.” This fab four is generously sharing advice and tips on how to get ahead in the indie writing business. I have already learned a lot. They are big proponents of writing to market using readers’ favorite tropes. And billionaires are dominating the Amazon lists right now.

This book is number four in Victorine’s Clean Billionaire Romance Series. Here is the blurb:

Felicity should have suspected something when she got hired to take pictures at a resort in Belize, all expenses paid. When she arrives and bumps into her ex-fiancé, Aiden, she realizes she’s been set up. His grandmother is playing matchmaker and every time she turns around Grams is forcing Aiden and her together. But she can’t fall for him again, it was a disaster last time, and she doesn’t want to repeat the past.

Aiden can’t believe Felicity is at his resort. She broke his heart five years ago, and he’s determined not to allow it to happen again. But one disaster after another keeps forcing them together and he’s sure Grams is behind all of it. He’s just not sure how long he can hold out without pulling Felicity into his arms and confessing that he never really got over her.

Her Big Fat Dreamy Billionaire Ex is a sweet romance, and it is a stand-alone novel.

The book is available on Amazon for only 99 cents for a limited time.

Hail to the King (#MFRWAuthor)

Published May 25, 2018 by francesothomas

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It’s Week 21 in the Marketing for Romance Writers blog hop. This week’s topic is the best gift we ever got.

It’s too difficult to choose a “best gift,” so I will go with most unusual gift.

One year, my husbad was at Mardi Gras in New Orleans while I was back home in Pennsylvania, slogging away at my insurance job. He must have felt sorry for me and sent me a king cake. These cakes have been around for hundreds of years to celebrate Epiphany, hence the name that commemorates the visit of the three kings to  the Christ Child. The cake tradition eventually extended to Mardi Gras.

This particular specimen was a 9 by 13 cake frosted in the traditional yellow, purple, and green colors. King cakes also come with a surprise. Baked inside is a tiny plastic baby. This was originally a representation of Baby Jesus. Whoever gets the piece of cake with the baby is supposed to provide the next cake.

Oddly enough, the first romance I ever wrote included both an unhappy insurance job and New Orleans. I can’t remember if I ever finished it, but I bet it is hidden in the dark recesses of a drawer somewhere. If I work up the nerve, I may take a gander at it. Some day.

To read about more gifts, go here.

Social Butterflies (#MFRWAuthor)

Published May 18, 2018 by francesothomas

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This week, we authors of romance will talk about our favorite social media platforms. I spend far too much time on social media. Time I should be devoting to, oh, I don’t know, writing maybe.

On Twitter, I have two handles. The first is @RusticTropics for romance and girly type pursuits. The second is @FrancesOThomas for my more serious side. That one revolves around empowerment for women.

I could scroll through Facebook posts for hours and, sadly, often do. In my own defense, I live far away from family, and FB is my main source of news about relatives. I also rely on FB for news of what’s happening in my community. Just as on Twitter, I have two pages for my “split personality.” One is fiction and romance, the other educational psychology oriented.

I’m also on LinkedIn and Pinterest, although I don’t do much on either site.

I’d be delighted if readers followed me or connected on any of the above channels.

Check out other social butterfly authors here.

I’ll Take Romance (#MFRWAuthor)

Published May 11, 2018 by francesothomas

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This week’s topic is my most romantic memory. It probably says a lot about me that this memory concerns food.

My husband and I took a trip to California a while ago. We rented a turquoise Chrysler convertible and set off north from San Francisco on Highway 1. The scenic road took us along the coast, through the redwoods, from winery to winery. Our northernmost destination was Fort Bragg, California.

This small town was originally a military garrison prior to the Civil War. Nowadays it is a picturesque area with an artsy downtown.

What I remember most is sitting across for each other in a candlelit booth eating the most delectable bowl of cream of mushroom soup and drinking white wine. Obviously, the way to my heart is through my stomach.

To read about other authors’ romantic memories, go here.

Special Note:

I am offering a Mother’s Day special. On May11, 12, and 13, The Lady Is a Mayor, the first book in my Calusa Town Tales series, is free. Get it here.

Gotta be a better way (#MFRWAuthor)

Published May 4, 2018 by francesothomas

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Uh oh. It’s week 18 in the Marketing for Romance Writers bog challenge, and the topic is how do I work up character/setting profiles. Short answer: I don’t.

I have tried. I really have. I tried to figure out Scrivener software since other authors swore by how much it helped them.  I failed miserably.

I tried Microsoft One Note. I managed to list names of characters in my Calusa Town Tales series. That’s not the same as character profiles. What passes for character profiles are all in my head, not on paper.

As far as setting profiles go, my Tales are set on a fictional island that is based on the real island where I live. I use some of the landmarks but call them by different names. Other landmarks I just make up as I go along.

I’m looking forward to reading how my fellow authors go about this here.